Mike Preeper of Bee Jay Towing gets ready to move a tanker truck blocking traffic on Broadway Avenue after its back end went in the ditch. All tow truck companies were busy helping motorists Wednesday and Thursday after a winter storm moved through the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Mike Preeper of Bee Jay Towing gets ready to move a tanker truck blocking traffic on Broadway Avenue after its back end went in the ditch. All tow truck companies were busy helping motorists Wednesday and Thursday after a winter storm moved through the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Winter storm wreaks havoc

A heavy wet snowfall left hundreds of customers without hydro in and around Williams Lake overnight Wednesday.

A heavy wet snowfall left hundreds of customers without hydro in and around Williams Lake overnight Wednesday.

The storm created icy road conditions resulting in several accidents and the cancellation of school buses Thursday in Williams Lake, 150 Mile House and Wildwood.

By Thursday afternoon BC Hydro had restored power to hundreds of customers, but reported on its website that around 200 customers remained without power.

“In a roundabout way it was that first hit of winter that showed the weak trees,” said Dave Mosure, northern community relations with BC Hydro from Prince George Thursday. “By Wednesday morning I’d heard there was already six inches of snow at 108 Mile House.”

Also on Wednesday at 2:47 p.m. an unidentified caller phoned 911 to report a cube van had rolled over on Highway 97, a few miles north of McLeese Lake.

The RCMP located the vehicle about five kilometres north of McLeese Lake, resting on the driver’s side in the northbound ditch and partially blocking the road.

A male driver and his male passenger sustained minor injuries.

“The driver said the vehicle began to swerve as he came down the hill and he was unable to negotiate the corner at the bottom of the grade and went off the road into the ditch, and travelled a short distance before tipping on its side,” the RCMP said.

Both men were transported to hospital for further examination.